It soon became clear that Cimarron would not be on the railroad line, but [Frank] Springer and other officials of the Maxwell Company were optimistic that an important town would be established on the grant. “It may be that the new town will be started in a month or so,” Springer told Josie. “It has been named by the Railroad company, and I will bet a new pair of gloves you could not guess the name in six trials.”
Springer soon solved the riddle, telling his wife, “The new town was named ‘Springer’ by the railroad company, without my knowledge and against my wishes.”
– Frank Springer and New Mexico from the Colfax County War to the Emergence of Modern Santa Fe by David L. Caffey. Texas A&M University Press. College Station. Copyright 2006.